Originally published: London : Penguin Books, 2005
Includes bibliographical references (p. 158-165) and index
That was Auschwitz -- The subject -- The town of Auschwitz -- The concentration camp -- Forced labour and extermination -- Auschwitz the 'model town' -- The 'final solution of the Jewish question' -- The extermination centre -- The final phase -- The town and the camp after liberation -- Auschwitz before the courts -- The 'Auschwitz lie.'
At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend, and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends. In Sybille Steinbacher's terse, powerful new book, the reader is led through the process by which something unthinkable to anyone on earth in the 1930s had become a sprawling, industrial reality during the course of the Second World War. How Auschwitz grew and mutated into an entire dreadful city, how both those who managed it and those who were killed by it came to be in Poland in the 1940s, and how it was allowed to happen, is something everyone needs to understand.--From publisher description